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SOLD Vintage 40s Spectacular Mexican Sterling Silver Carved Onyx Mayan Mask Necklace

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1940's Mexican Onyx Necklace
I have seen a few variations of the carved onyx Mexican mask necklace over the years and this is one of the most detailed, and nicest I have come across.

Handcrafted circa 1940's (pre eagle), it has a smooth, carved stone onyx face at the centre, set in a delicate ornate swirl and repoussé border. The side side links are long and generous, lovely proportions of carved onyx with a fine silver channel inlay and an ornate border set on the outside only, four classic repoussé balls links at the nape and a secure tab clasp.

Splendid design, true 1940's piece and finely crafted with a wonderful weight to it, a lovely necklace for anyone with a love for unusual jewellery, and handcrafted pieces.

Item Details


Length: 46cm Excluding centre pendant, Pendant is 4cm x 5cm, Side links are 1.7cm x 4cm


56 Grams


Hecho en Mex, Iguala, 925 LMR in a diamond shape


Onyx, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

Spectacular vintage condition!! Shows mild wear commensurate with age, very mild ding on front, only visible under magnification, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste, has a handcrafted look to it, amazing vintage piece.

About this Piece


High in the hills of southern Mexico is a small town named Taxco, rich in silver deposits with a history of mining and silver smithing, this town has produced some of the world's finest design and workmanship in vintage jewellery. The Mexican Revolution (a long and bloody civil war) ended in the 1930's leaving people and produce able to move freely for the first time in 30 years. American architect William Spratling, enamoured with the towns skills and resources, helps to reinvigorate the silver industry by creating silver design workshops, and exporting the produce, mostly to the United States. This little town became a hive of original design and expert craftsmanship attracting artisans and artists, like few other places and produced some of the worlds finest silver work for a 50 year period.

Sterling Silver

Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.